29 Jun 2021

Quality is important in all industries but perhaps more so in the medical industry and for those organizations producing medical devices. Apart from ISO 13485 that defines the requirement for medical device quality management systems, medical device manufacturers have to also comply with the regulations of the country their devices are going to be used within. In an effort to streamline ...

23 Jun 2021

What is ISO 22301? ISO 22301 is an international standard for Business Continuity Management Systems. This standard is designed to protect, prepare for, respond to, and recover from unexpected incidents when they arise. When your organization has a Business Continuity Management System, it is prepared to detect and prevent unforeseen threats. ISO 22301 applies to all organizations ...

31 Mar 2021

Small Passenger vessel
Excerpt below is from White Paper by 'Implementing Safety Management Systems for Passenger Vessels' by Dr. Inderjit (IJ) Arora (QMII), Julius Desilva (QMII) and Captain Lee Boone (USCG, Retired). To continue reading the paper click on link in text. INTRODUCTION All too often, major accidents are the catalyst for change in the maritime industry. Evidence of this is seen in the developme...

17 Mar 2021

The ISM Code is the International Code for the safe Operation of Ships and Prevention of Pollution, more popularly knows as the International Safety Management Code. The most recent revision of the code was released in 2018 that provides updates to the Resolutions included as amendments to the code. The ISM Code specifies the methods to attain ISM certification. The regulations were dr...

22 Feb 2021

Captain IJ Arora
Exclusions to what an organization does were integral to the ISO 9001 standard prior to the 2015 version update. After all an organization cannot do all the work. Clause 7.1.1 lays the foundation on this thought by accepting that an organization must determine and provide resources. In doing so it determines the constraints and capabilities of the existing resources and what needs to be ...

17 Feb 2021

As MDSAP deadlines draw near companies are asking how to prepare for the MDSAP audit. The most basic step for the success of any management system is to say what you do and do what you say. When the system as documented is captured to reflect the “As-Is” of how it is done then implanting the system leads to conformity at all levels. Auditing Organizations (AOs) that will come to assess...

21 Dec 2020

Captain IJ Arora
With the HLS (high-level structure) common to all standards ensuring the ten-clause structure an organization can ensure the best results to its management system by having an integrated management system. A divided approach to managing an organization based on several standards can often result in environmental and quality policy being in conflict. If occupational health and safety (ISO...

15 Aug 2020

Maritime image
The ISM (International Safety Management) Code, in itself, is not a magic wand, that will bring safety or prevent pollution. It depends on the organization on how it implements the Code. Safe operation of ships and the prevention of pollution should have been any organization's objective. Yet all over the world owners to save money compromise these objectives. Did not the Titanic on Apri...

30 Mar 2020

eight steps for internal audit
Internal audit programs play an important role in ensuring the success of the system. ISO standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001,  ISO 45001 provide the framework for management systems to function using a process-based approach, to achieve customer and other stakeholder’s requirements. Organizations certified to ISO standards, strive to be compliant, efficient and remain certified. Succe...